PROTECTION FROM DECEPTION.
Back in 1996 Derek Prince wrote a little booklet by this name, and also recorded the same message on cassettes as a 3 part teaching on separate tapes. We had these transposed to CD, and now have them available. Derek felt this teaching was necessary to warn believers about what was happening in Toronto at the time. Deception in the body of Christ is warned about in scripture, especially in the last days in which we are living! Derek believed that what we saw in Toronto was a "mixture of spirits", what started out as a move of God's Holy Spirit soon became contaminated by spirits sent out by Satan, to bring "confusion" and "division" in the body of Christ. A brief survey of past revivals clearly shows that this happened to them all. He clearly points to a lack of understanding between the spirit of man, and the soul of man. As you know humans are a three part being, spirit, soul, and body, as described by Paul in (1 Thess 5:23). The body is easy to identify because it is visible, but the spirit and soul are both invisible, and their functions are often confused. In (John 4:23-24) Jesus clearly states that God is Spirit, and those who worship Him "must" worship in "spirit" and in truth! We can praise and thank God with our soul, but "only" worship Him with our spirit. There is definitely a difference between the two!
Apparently the two are so closely connected together that only the Word of God can divide between them, (Heb 4:12), In many Charismatic circles there has never been much emphasis on the Word of God, but more on the signs and wonders, and spectacular manifestations. The scriptures do speak about signs and wonders in these last days, but as much, or even more, about false signs than true Godly signs. These signs will be done by false messengers disguising themselves as real ones. See (2 Cor 11:13-15) and also Paul warns us to beware, especially when the Antichrist comes on the scene, just before the return of Jesus,
(2 Thess 2:1-12). No one knows when this will be, but we do know that many of the signs Jesus said will precede His coming are already happening. (Matt 24:4-8). Therefore we need to test everything in out services today with God's Word (1 Thess 5:19-22), and exercise discernment which comes from spiritual maturity (Heb 5:11-14). And then we should be praying for the gift of the Holy Spirit described by Paul in (1 Cor 12:10) NLT. All the above are included in preparing ourselves from the potential of deception we can expect to come our way in the future, according to scripture!